Norfolk in a Tent

I LOVE CAMPING. My husband, on the other hand is not so keen, probably because he’s six foot two and has erratic sleep even when sleeping on an actual bed. Give him a low ceiling and a slowly deflating airbed and he isn’t exactly a happy camper (see what I did there?) Clearly with this in mind he earned several gold stars by coming camping to Norfolk with us in August.

I remember Norfolk well from my youth. Caravanning weeks were the main feature of childhood holidays in our family and the trips were usually filled with days on the beach, tinned new potatoes and walks where we inevitably got lost and prickled by gorse bushes. There was also a fair bit of basic badminton depending on the direction of the wind.

Fast forward thirty years and I still think this can be the absolute best kind of family holiday. We haven’t camped for a week recently (probably because of the head meets roof issue) but we both know that camping holidays are just perfect for the kids. Memories are made each day whether it be playing endlessly in the chilly waves or being forced to wash up by evil parents who want to spoil your fun/teach you responsibility.

We chose West Runton – a fairly classy campsite with good facilities (I’ve moved on from tolerating sparrows in the toilets.) The kids were in their element. The tent didn’t leak and all in all it was a fab week.

I thought I’d just note a few quick recommendations in case you fancy visiting that part of the world:

    1. Crabbing at Blakeney – I’d advise you look at the tides (high tide best), go early (tide depending), buy a crabbing line and fishing net – or a big crabbing fishing net if you want hundreds of crabs, get a coffee and cake from Grey Seal Coffee and settle in for a couple of hours cheap fun.
    2. West Runton beach – lovely, safe, big car park, toilets and a cracking cafe.
    3. The Village Inn, West Runton – big portions of fab food
    4. Cromer – The red arrows were breathtaking if you are around on Carnival day and you can get there on the train easily (and cheaply) from West Runton. RNLI Henry Blogg museum is small but excellent.
    5. Sheringham – Interesting shops, nice beach, great cafe (Whelk Coppers Tearoom) overlooking the sea – top quality cake!
    6. A seal trip from Blakeney – not as wonderful as the Farne Islands of course (best seal trip in the world I reckon) but still well worth a look.
    7. Pedlars Barrow – bonkers traditional toy shop with things to do (check out the puppet theatre round the back for something magical
    8. 2p machines on the sea front. Well you’ve got to.

Ultimately a great place for a holiday – there was so much we couldn’t fit in I wish we’d gone for two weeks. My other half probably thought seven days was enough…


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